OTTAWA—Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing on June 4 by expressing what he called “real concern” about China’s human rights record.
“We have real concerns about China’s behavior in regards to human rights and will continue to … call for better respect of human rights on this anniversary and every day going forward,” he told reporters in Vancouver.
Security in Tiananmen Square on Tuesday was tighter than usual. The anniversary of the crackdown, when Beijing sent troops and tanks to quell pro-democracy activists, is not spoken of openly in China.
Chinese authorities detained two Canadians shortly after Meng’s arrest and last month formally charged them with espionage.
China also has cut off imports of key Canadian commodities in an effort to force Meng’s return.
“We deplore the arbitrary detention of Canadians and other political prisoners in China and we have made that point directly to the Chinese leadership,” said Trudeau.
The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa was not immediately available for comment.
By David Ljunggren